5.6.12

Peppermint

I am loving all the colour around this year.  Not only for my wardrobe, but also for my house.

This is my lounge room, in a rare state of tidiness.  We repainted the low table (sadly,  the paint didn't take and we will have to sand back and repeat because it is peeling off already) and I sewed up some new cushions.  The only problem with fresh new cushions are that they make the old couch look a little dingier.
The floral ones were made from some Marimekko tea towels that I bought for the kitchen but then decided that they did not look so good there.


This zig-zag cushion was made from 98 triangles, so there's a few hours of my life that I will never get back!  The blue is a denim (from shorts I haven't even made yet), the peppermint is a linen bought specifically for the cushions and the white is a twill leftover from the white pants I made last year.  It is my favourite of the cushions.

I wanted something white and textured for the final cushion, to balance things out.   I'm not 100% happy with this design, but I was ready to move onto to something else by this stage.

I have also repainted and recovered 4 directors chairs.  The fabric was hideously expensive, but is supposedly more mould resistant than other fabrics I have tried and I have seen it used with good results at one of my sister's houses.  I could have bought it in a 45 cm width and then all the chairs would have had matching stripes, but it was more economical to buy the 150 cm wide fabric, and I can live with non-matching stripes and I even have fabric leftover to make cushions for the outdoor couch.




I have also chosen peppermint colours for my next house-y project.  I am going to reupholster the cushions in these chairs that were part of my grandmother's dining setting, given to me by my sister when I moved house.  This time round I am going to cover the cushions with oilcloth.  It does feel a little tacky to sit on, but the combination of young children and the tropics makes it a practical and cheap choice.  I have 6 chairs. I have not yet decided whether to cover all the cushions in the same fabric or go for some mix and match fabrics.



10 comments:

  1. Great colours - I love seeing projects that show another side of your creativity. If you haven't already it might be worth taking a look at www.fabrictraders.com.au for oilcloth and other outdoor fabrics.

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  2. The triangle cushion is stunning. Love the mint colours, so soothing.

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  3. Oh I really love your zigzag pillow. Several hours well spent!

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  4. Wow! Fun stuff. I absolutely love that peppermint color. I can't believe you made that pillow with 98 triangles!! And I say mix and match those dining room chairs.

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  5. You have great soft furnishings now, worth those hours of your life!
    Would you please share your anti mould unfortunately expensive deck chair fabric source? My deck chairs are in a sadly faded state and no doubt are developing mould should I inspect them too closely.

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  6. I looove all Marimekko, especially yours! As to the peppermint color, that must be a global thing; I bought a predominantly peppermint colored scarf a couple of months ago, and I wear it all the time, my absolute favorite. Such a happy color!

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  7. Beautiful. LOVE that table!

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  8. looking good - admire the freshness of your choices - the thing about making one cool and groovey thing is that it does suddenly make everything around it look drabber - which is of course and opportunity to spruce everything up - if only there was more time...

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  9. Great colours! My favourite! Your zig-zag cushion is wonderful.

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  10. Love the choice of colours and marimekko!

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